Sunday, 13 March 2011

You've Gotta Have Faith


 
My friends reckoned I'd got a touch of Paloma Faith going on with last night's outfit, I just felt the need to inject a bit of colour into the proceedings down at the Black Country Arms last night but I was more than flattered by the comparison.



Vintage Dollyrockers maxi (99p eBay), Johnny Loves Rosie corsage (£1 local boutique), Bag (handmade by me using a set of 20p retro curtains), Grey velvet platform boots (£9 Office)




Yesterday was a day of great excitement, not only did we go to the first car boot of the year but we squeezed in a jumble sale, too. Jon found a pair of groovy 1970's curtains from which I promptly made my bag. The perfect size for stowing away my umbrella once we got to the pub and ideal for transporting cheap Asda wine to the curry house.


The car boot wasn't quite in full swing, mostly bootleg DVDs, racks of dodgy sportswear and knock-off designer bags but I did snaffle this tapestry fire screen for £1.50



and this tatty little flip-up sewing stool complete with vintage sewing supplies for £3. I can't wait to get the paint brush and the staple gun on it.



Despite a night of mixing India Pale Ale with Mateus Rose, I was up at 9am this morning, clear-headed and raring to go. I've managed to complete yesterday's Guardian crossword, done the supermarket run, had a Wii Fit workout and I've cut out the pieces for my latest sewing project.

Vintage midi dress refashioned by me into a mini (eBay £5.90) worn with 1970's grey leather knee boots (PDSA charity shop £4.99)

 We were very bad on Friday, Jon found a £20 note in his coat pocket and we opted for a delivery curry instead of homemade pizza, so we're having one tonight in front of Come Dine With Me and the rest of the surprisingly acceptable Lidl own-brand rum.


Cheers, my dears! Hope you've had a great weekend, too.

66 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great weekend and both outfits look nice! :D

    I think the bag that you made is cute -- I like that it's big and colorful!

    Happy Monday!

    ***** Marie *****
    allthingsmarie.com

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  2. You've been busy Vix! I've been cracking on with a mixture of housework (we emptied half the storage unit yesterday and there are boxes all over the house now) and proper work. This working from home malarkey is bad - I wouldn't usually be tempted to do stuff on a Sunday!

    A Paloma comparison is always a good thing, yes? Personally I think you look better than her. That Dollyrockers maxi is glorious.

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  3. Wowee, I love the bag!
    What did you use for the handles?
    J. x

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  4. Love your Paloma Faith look alike. Both of you adorable. Did you make the bag, just like that???? I can imagen you never still hehehe, like a bumblebee in summer.
    Love your last dress very much, too.
    Enjoy your curry.
    Besossssss.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  5. That frock last night was amazing, looks just fab and suits your style so much. I adore the little sewing stool it's going to be beautiful all tarted up.
    Kandi x

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  6. Love the newly made mini from a midi - and your bag. I wish I had your skills...or at least time management! x

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  7. Loving the mini-dress. LuVVING!

    As for Paloma Faith (never heard of her) - well...! Words fail. Tbh she looks like something the cat dragged in! No WAY do you look like that scarecrow. Sorry to Paloma-peeps but there's stylishly quirky eccentricity and then there's dog's breakfast.

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  8. Finding money = guilt free takeaway! Yep.

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  9. Dearest Vix, I absolutely love the mini dress the print is beautiful and so are you in it. It's much better as a mini too.

    The colours on the maxi are fabulous! I love the new sewing box, look forward to seeing what you do with it.

    You put me to shame the amount of things you've done all weekend. I have done nothing! I have had to have a word with myself about the Wii Fit gathering dust. I plan to switch it on tomorrow at long last. Much love, C xx

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  10. What an amazing print on your dress and the bag works so well with it! Great finds too, you don't see enough fire screens these days and I think they are so pretty xx

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  11. I think Paloma Faith is pretty cool,but you absolutely run rings around her,baby,in regards to style!Mind you,you run rings around everyone on that score!! I freaking love that Dollyrockers frock,and I'm crazy for the pattern clash with the bag-which is glorious!!! The corsage is divine,and you are GORGEOUS!
    As for that refashioned midi-drool!Lovely pattern,and the style is pretty as sin!Hurrah for Jon and his pockets of cash!!! I could go a curry,actually.Sometimes I like something like that for breaky....
    LOVE YOU!!!-gonna try and be on line tonight,I miss you like buggery....
    Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  12. Looking fab as ever! Love the mini you have on today.

    I've had a disappointing weekend after being sick all last night and today. I'm feeling pretty fed up at the mo. I hate being ill!

    X x x

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  13. love the bag Vix, and the mini dress! I can't wait to get down to my local carboot as soon as I have some pennies. I'm lucky in that ours runs throughout the winter inside cow shed type things, but it does mean I spend a fortune and have to limit myself to not going every sunday x

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  14. You bella bag lady,I adore and want all your hand maded bags amor.
    that fascinator is lovely.,I love how your sking glows when you wear white frocks,so angelic..I been eyeing sewing stools but cant shop for now. :(
    You look better than Paloma.
    hugs

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  15. You look much better than Paloma in my opinion. I am a big fan of your homemade bag, what a good size. Always handy to have something large enough to stash away some wine! I really like the lidded stool too, the green satin lining is lovely.

    Today has been very lazy but yesterday was spent at the Imperial War Museum then the pub. I'd never been before, but must go back again sometime as there was no time to do teh holocaust section. Must go when I'm feeling strong xx

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  16. Well done with that gorgeous bag, and I am so jealous of your new sewing stool! xx

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  17. Lovely dress. Looks great on you. xxx

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  18. Wow, I should make more of an effort next time I go out, love wearing bright colours & you look incredible. I wanted your bag on 1st sight and of course you made it that day - too clever!! xx

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  19. I concur with the Paloma Faith sentiment, you look great! The bag is fab, well done you for getting it done that day, I plan little sewing projects then they sit in bags for months! x

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  20. Love the pattern/colours on the mini. Takeaway curry at the weekend is bliss! Can't believe it's Monday again tomorrow - boo! xx

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  21. Hi my dear-the maxi dress and tote bag are just stunning-I love them together and you've inspired me to make a tote bag-I found some William Morris material at the booty yesterday, so I will get some handles soon and try and make one-do you think could I have a tutorial post on this in the future please, it looks fabulous!! The re styled mini dress is such a gorgeous print, I really love it. have a lovely evening my dear, enjoy your rum, yummy xx

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  22. Wow you HAVE been busy! I absolutely adore the bag-from-curtains: it's gorgeous! I don't know if you've ever done a post about this, but perhaps we could see a how-to-make-a-stunning-bag-out-of-old-curtains tutorial? :-)

    You look stunning as ever!

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  23. Love the white and pink frock and your whole outfit,

    Thanks for your comments on my blog - yeah I watched this. I must admit I like my make up but I am no where near like those girls. My make up takes 30 mins I can do it quicker though. To be honest to spend 2 hours a day on make up and getting ready is just so excessive.

    I worry about how I look all the time so I know how these girls feel but I do not think I am so obsessed as they are and I am definitely not shallow!
    xx

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  24. mini dress is amazing! and your legs makes me feel jealous! <3

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  25. Vix - you look much better than Paloma! Sounds like you've had a busy day x

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  26. Looking lovely with those legs an' all!!
    I do like Paloma Faith, I'd have her around for tea and a bun any time.
    Haven't been to a booty yet this year myself. I was gardening all morning so I may go next week. I like the sewing stool....very sweet.
    Your right about Aldi rum. I like a bit of Sailor Jerry's spiced usually, but Aldi's is not to shabby.
    xxx

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  27. You are a busy little bee aren't you? Love the bag and the second dress.

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  28. I love these dresses Vix! If you would like me to trace that skirt pattern for you just let me know...i have loads of tracing paper :) xxx

    Alexandramason1@aol.com

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  29. i love that little hair fascinator! i love how you mixed the 1950's elements with the bohemian 70's chic dress and bag! love your purple flower tutuorial in the previous post! =)

    http://pinkchampagnefashion.blogspot.com/

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  30. No I didn't go to Sutton Coldfield. Like you I was tempted, but thought it'd be a bit pricey, plus I don't get the same 'kick' out of buying stuf unless I feel I've 'discovered' it and got a damn good bargain. I might go when I've lost a bit more weight as I'm in serious need of some vintage dresses and despite the prices I'm sure it will be the place to get them. We'll have to meet up if both end up going to one x

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  31. OMG Best. Dress. Ever. And I ADORE your bag, you clever fabulous woman! Bloody hell you've got to have some chutzpah to wear that combo Vix and you are rocking the shit out of it! You look AMAZING, as always Vix!

    Sarah xxx

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  32. Love that little stool! I find Paloma Faith a bit daft, you look way better! :)

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  33. Your first outfit (Sat night) had me speechless with appreciation. Such a riot of color, top notch style.

    Cyber-standing ovation!

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  34. yeah, you do have a touch of her, it's the headpiece =) and mixing of different styles/eras.

    I love Mary Poppins bags!

    That sewing stool is really cool.

    I did a bit of sewing today also! A project of amalgamating a shirt and hoody. (right up your street lol joking) I even tried out your flower tutorial, but it was just a very slapdash experiment on the latter- when I make nicer ones I'll try and remember to post them!

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  35. I do like Paloma Faith's style, you could do a lot worse than being compared to her.
    Love the bag and you look fantastic in the mini dress.

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  36. What a fantastic find! A sewing stool for £3! I love the green material on the inside.

    I love that huge purple corsage upon your head! I love your amazingly confident style! xxx

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  37. Both the outfits look smashing on you! Looks like you had a wonderful weekend. I was at the TxSCC and had a wonderful time!!! :)

    Tanvi
    from © tanvii.com

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  38. Hi Vix, you look great in both dresses but I have a particular fondness for the maxi. Maybe it's because it looks so familiar...like I might have had one exactly like it back in the day! You are such a talented seamstress!

    xo Bonnie

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  39. I just found your fab blog...
    I am sure you can hear me "woo-hooing" all the way from here in California...finally, someone who has confidence to wear what makes her feel and look great and unique!
    Thanks for a breath of fresh air :)

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  40. You look great in everything VV I do love the maxi and mini dress and of course your velvet boots Me want some xxx

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  41. Vix, te ves bellisima!!!!!
    Both dresses are gorgeous on you. My favorite is the maxi because of the flowers and the oranges and pinks on the print! I'm infatuated with the bangles on both outfits, they are lovely!

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  42. You look fab in both outfits. The bag is just gorgeous - perfect for toting lots of bits and pieces. I really like Paloma Faith, great talent, very pretty and rocking vintage style - the comparison is a good one!
    xxxxx

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  43. The new bag is wonderful and I love what you've done to turn the maxi into a mini. The huge white spots are too good. Sounds like you had a productive day.

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  44. I love your Dollyrockers maxi dress. You look amazing :) Also I like the idea of a bag big enough to smuggle wine lol!

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  45. I always leave your blog with the strange feeling that I need more bright printed clothing in my life. I wonder why that happens? Probably because you look amazing.

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  46. Love your Paloma Faith look. I'm rocking PF style hair at the mo', my mate's mum told me I looked just like her, which was nice!!

    It's definitely time to brighten things up: I'm reducing black and grey clothing at work! It's too grey at work as it is!

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  47. Love the red print on your dress. Isn't the best when you find money in pockets of your jackets? Best feeling EVER!!

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  48. I think thats a great comparison, Paloma is amazing, I want her hair. 2 great dresses! And such a darling little sewing box. Plus a bag you can fit wine in gets my vote every time! x

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  49. These bags of yours are impressive, Vix - best idea of curtain metamorphosis! What is it with 'Come Dine with Me'? I'm totally addicted (personally I blame the silly commentator who always makes me laugh). xxx

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  50. P.S. And the dress... Perfect YOU!

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  51. i rather love paloma, but everyone is right, you look much more stylish!
    and i adore that sewing stool!

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  52. That handmade bag is rather fabulous, I love the shape, perfect for storing goods!
    I can't wait to see what you do with the stool Vix. And I love Johnny Loves Rosie xxx

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  53. That sewing stool has fab potential, I love it. And great work on that revamped dress, it looks great! xx

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  54. Great weekend had by all then! I think you look cuter than Paloma Faith :o)

    WHen you find £20 you must always blow it on something trivial!!

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  55. Love the mini dress, Vix - really spring-like and very glam! x

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  56. "Despite a night of mixing India Pale Ale with Mateus Rose, I was up at 9am this morning..." -- damn, I'm impressed. I can barely wake up at 9 sober!

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  57. I really love your dollyrockers maxi and those grey boots. x

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  58. The prints you combined in the first dress look so chic and stylish. I love it!!
    wow, you got up at 9am and did all that? i need to get my lazy ass of this couch..

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  59. I mean "off the couch" and not "of the couch"...

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  60. Ok, this is a strong contender for my favourite vix outfit! I love juxatposed prints...and spookily enough i'm wearing them today. Ha!
    Y'look better than paloma here ladyy
    x

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  61. Wow, the colours of thar dress are amazing!! And that bag is just the right mary poppins size :) Xx

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  62. i love the print on that dress, i would love to get my hands on one like that.

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  63. I've admired the mini dress before-I totally love the shape and pattern.x

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